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SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

8 new rules for water and what they mean for farmers

From April 2018 livestock farmers in England must comply with a new set of farming rules for water. There are eight rules, five about managing fertilisers and manures and three…

WILDLIFE

How Britain's bee farmers can help raise crop yields

Britain’s bee farmers could have a key role in helping growers increase arable and fruit crop yields, by providing a targeted pollination service. There are about 400 professional bee farmers in…

ENVIRONMENT

Plastic pollution focuses farms on treatment of waste

The image of waste plastic bobbing around on the ocean during an episode of the last series of David Attenborough’s Blue Planet series put a new spotlight on to the…

ENVIRONMENT

New Welsh water abstraction licences explained

Sweeping changes to rules controlling the volume of water abstracted by farm boreholes in Wales mean that most must now be licensed to continue operating. Until now, farmers in large…

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WEED MANAGEMENT

Why growers must reduce reliance on pesticides

Growers are being urged to highlight the responsible approach they take to crop management – or face the prospect of further restrictions as the government pursues a “green” Brexit. The…

OPINION

Opinion: State of nature? More like the state of society

The recent publication of the State of Nature report has once again stirred up the media, resulting in attention-grabbing headlines citing the deplorable ramifications of intensive agriculture and blaming modern…

WEATHER

Farm floods: Guide to practical and financial support

The extensive flooding in northern England, parts of Scotland, north Wales and Northern Ireland has left many farmers facing huge clean-up bills. Huge swathes of farmland remain waterlogged and unusable,…

LIVESTOCK

Why farmers are at loggerheads over value of AD

Supporters of AD plants say they are an economic and environment boon for UK farmers, but opposers believe they are hiking up rents and pricing livestock farmers out of the…

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Case studies

OTHER CROPS

How a veg grower slashed energy and pesticide use

A large farming estate on the Norfolk/Suffolk border is making great progress in reducing the greenhouse gas emissions involved with growing root vegetables. Elveden Farms, which specialises in potatoes, onions,…

WEATHER

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

ENVIRONMENT

Video: How farmers are saving money by planting trees

Farmers have found they can increase productivity and improve the visual appeal of the landscape by introducing trees into their farming systems. Producers who have dipped a toe into the…

LIVESTOCK

How New Zealand dairy farmers are cleaning up their water

Over the past five years, New Zealand dairy farmers have laid more than 26,000km of fencing to stop cattle from accessing waterways as part of an industry-led initiative to improve…

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Insights

WEED MANAGEMENT

Why growers must reduce reliance on pesticides

Growers are being urged to highlight the responsible approach they take to crop management – or face the prospect of further restrictions as the government pursues a “green” Brexit. The…

NEWS

Gove's new farm pollution controls: The details and reaction

Stricter controls are to be imposed on fertiliser, manure and slurry applications under government plans to improve UK air quality. Dairy and beef farms are among the sectors that will…

NEWS

£330,000 Welsh farmer scheme helps reduce flooding

Upland farmers are leading efforts to avert future flooding in two large Welsh towns in an approach to land management that could become commonplace if payments for “public goods” replace…

NEWS

Farmers' network backs Gove's 'green' Brexit plan

More than 100 farmers have come together to support calls for government policies that reward producers who undertake environmental measures and encourage wildlife. The Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) has…

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News

NEWS

Dairy farmer sees 54 cows die overnight

A dairy farmer has told of the “worst night of his career” after more than 50 dairy cows died in a suspected water contamination case. Tom Rawson, co-founder of the…

NEWS

Cereals campaign aims to put arable farming top of agenda

Growers are being urged to invite MPs on to their farms this harvest as part of a major campaign to highlight the importance of the cereals sector to the UK’s food and…

NEWS

12 things Gove said in his first 12 months at Defra

The one-year anniversary of Michael Gove’s appointment as Defra secretary is on Monday (11 June). In that time, Mr Gove has attended agricultural shows, been questioned at the NFU conference…

NEWS

Parks review must not neglect rural business, says CLA

The government is seeking to beef up and expand the network of national parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as part of a review launched by Defra secretary…

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WEATHER

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

WEATHER

Video: Flooded Cumbrian farmer hits out at Environment Agency

A Lake District farmer has hit out against the Environment Agency for not dredging the rivers after losing stock and having fields strewn with gravel in the Cumbrian floods. Bassenthwaite…

NEWS

Video: Farm woodland 'back on management radar'

Farmers and landowners are showing a renewed interest in creating and managing woodlands on their land, say conservationists. Improving the economic return from woodlands is “back on the radar” after…

WILDLIFE

VIDEO: Modulate to the max, says RSPB

The RSPB has called on the government to transfer the maximum amount of money from direct farm support into agri-environment schemes. RSPB conservation director Martin Harper made the call after…

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